Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale
River Horse Brewing Co.

Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter AleBelgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale
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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #95
Ranked #43,425
3.61 | pDev: 13.85%
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter AleBelgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale
Notes: Our warming winter Ale is amber in color, malty and full bodied. Belgian yeast provides a variety of delicate characteristics in the nose and on the palate.
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Scott1970 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 07, 2012
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Chugs13 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Dec 10, 2011
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demgoth from New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Jan 12, 2012
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st9647v3 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Feb 28, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber/brown in color with a finger of head.
smells of raisins, dates, fig, apples, banana... a cross between a quad and winter warmer.
tastes of brown sugar, raisins, a slight cocoa flavor, apples, cinnamon, banana.
medium/full body, low carbonation, creamy on the lips..

a sweet and tasty treat. a great seasonal with awesome artwork. it's like drinking an oatmeal raisin cookie.

Nov 25, 2012
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Feb 10, 2014
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Peyton5410 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 07, 2016
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 16, 2015
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beerluvr from Canada

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an ample tan head that settles over clear, deep amber liquid. The nose has a vaguely Belgian quality to it along with roasted malt aromas and some hop spiciness. The taste is quite good, with suggestions of light candi sugar, sweet yet roasty malt that dries out after swallowing, and a balanced hoppiness...not to strong yet enough to assert themselves nicely. Finishes with a bittersweet flourish, a bit better than I had expected...just let it warm a bit before pouring or drinking as I had originally had one straight from the icebox and was none too impressed, warming definately brings out the best in this beer. River Horses' best offering, IMO.

Nov 29, 2003
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Njstoutlover23 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

May 04, 2012
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JMH_ from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

while not the greatest brew in the world, the belgian frostbite is fairly solid and has at least partially restored my faith in river horse, as i used to think that their brews, for the most part, kinda sucked. this one pours a nice looking dark brown colour with a moderate head that is only slightly sticky. smellsrather sweet, with candy notes along with fruit, earth malt and hop. the taste is similar, yet slightly different. there is a biting smoke flavour throughout which was quite enjoyable. the smokey, fruity hop finish was also quite nice. a tad high in the carbonation department but nothing offensive. as i said earlier, a solid but not outstanding brew overall that is making me go back and revisit other RH brews again. can't complain about that.

Jan 15, 2004
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bvlaminck from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

must have had terrible bad batch

May 18, 2015
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marc77 from California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pellucid tawny garnet hue. Head recedes into a thin, soapy layer that yields loose lace. The aroma is a combination of mild bubblegum esters, sugary raisin and understated clove. Dark lovibond caramel malt hints. Tame, but clean aromawise. In flavor, prevalent is toffeeish dark candi sugar and sweet biscuit. Yeast esters are of a subdued banana bread nature. Sweetness augments as the beer breathes, and approaches maple syrup in its character, despite the high attenuation. Thinnish in mouthfeel, but this helps offset residual sweetness. Paltry in hop bitterness, but appropriately so. Trace woody hop flavor and clove phenol complement biscuit notes. Finishes with outright notes of candied almond along with creeping alcohol warmth. A tame Belgian that's seemingly a hybrid of an American brown and a Dubbel. Stately in overall character and highly drinkable.

Mar 08, 2004
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LukeONeill from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Feb 27, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger, light tan head that quickly fades to a ring leaving a traces of lace. Deep amber almost black color. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet toffee nose. Starts sweet and malty, fruity, finish has hints of hops. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

May 08, 2006
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srw from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Apr 28, 2013
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening the bottle the whiff was strong fruit (especially cherry) and alcohol. After pouring the scent was still fruit (less cherry) and still alcohol, but not in a hot or burning way. Nice strong malt character, with enjoyable fruit character and hints of spiciness in time.
Pours with brownish amber with red highlight that's rather clear. A one finger head settles by 1/2 to a nice denseness with a yellowy tint.
Spicy flavors are bolder in taste than in aroma, in fact they are close to outweighing the malt. Fortunately it doesn't and enough of the nice fruity flavors still exist. Additional malt quality in a non-fruity manner too, somewhere between caramel and roast . Fairly remarkable dryness, but there is enough sweetness to prevent excess, and a mild bitterness remains with the dryness. I like the balance. Alcohol significantly less noticeable than in the aroma.
Nice smoothness, but not thick or heavy, but edges towards creaminess. Carbonation is light enough, but not a high level and not that effervescent.
I'm actually pretty darn happy with this. Tasty, balances, fruity, yeasty and smooth. I'll have another, thank you.
Thanks JB

Apr 12, 2007
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear garnet color. A thin and tight beige head dwindles away in seconds. All that's left is a slightly bubbly rimming. The lacing is adequate. I really like this aroma. It's sweet and candy like but a bit musty and yeasty as well. The taste is very pleasing. Sweet and fruity yet yeasty and bready as well. A little roasty as well. A nicely crafted belgian style beverage. The carbonation is lively enough and the body checks in around medium. I like this one quite a bit.

Dec 16, 2003
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NYR_Rob from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Feb 01, 2014
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok....time to unwind with some brew after shoveling a bit of the white stuff. Frostbite is clear and deep copper colored, with perhaps some chestnut hues as well. Head was gone in a blink, save for a fine bit of tan bubbling around the edge. Only a tiny smidge of lace is left on the glass. Nose has a fair amount of roasty, caramel malt, suggesting a bit of sweetness. Didn't find much, if any, hoppiness here. Body was just about medium, and the bier was quite lower in carbonation, hence it passed smoothly over the tongue. Roasty flavors and light sweetness are the first flavors on the palate, though they don't stick around too long. Things soon zoom along to a mild, bitter hoppiness, which really drys out the mouth. A slight bit of a metallic aspect appears, though just slight. I didn't really find any Belgian characteristics here, personally, though their web says they use an authentic Belgian ale yeast. Overall, a bit better than average, but not a noteworthy bier.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Jan 08, 2005
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 16, 2012
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oberon from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had the chance to try a few River Horse brews when I lived in the Philly area and honestly wasnt all that impressed but Iam gonna give them a go again.This offering poured a deep murky ruddy brown with a tight formed 1/2 finger slight off white head that was gone quite fast leaving no lace behind.Aromas of vanilla,raisin,roasted nuts and slight phenols are pretty appetizing,I like the flavors going on mainly because the phenolic flavors dont dominate somewhat pruney and raisiny with some herbal sharpness and cola lingering flavors with a hint of earth as it warms.Goes down very easily the mouthfeel is spot on not overly heavy for such big flavors,I like it better than most I think.

Oct 22, 2006
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dank203 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

aroma is incredible. banana with bubblegum, peanut butter? flavor matches pretty well

Nov 22, 2014
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jackndan from Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

River Horse Belgian Frostbite: from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours perfectly clear. Deep, deep brown. Very little head, but what it had left a bit of Belgian lace on the side of the mug. The aroma is fine, somewhat licorice, a bit of coffee and a little spice. The taste on the other hand, is not unlike the aroma, but itÂ’s not right up my alley right now. Hell, perhaps ever, as the dominant tastes seem to involve a decided battle between spices (orange peel, cinnamon stick) and coffee/roasted malts. I guess it is just too warm around here this week to enjoy this beer.

Apr 17, 2004
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Shnanign from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Dec 20, 2012
Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 390 ratings